June 21, 2017

Tucson Fire Department wins highest rating

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, ISO Field Representative Susan Waidelich, Tucson Fire Chief Jim Critchley and Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure at Fire Central, announcing the department’s Class 1 ISO rating, June 2017

The Tucson Fire Department achieved a level of excellence that few fire departments do, making Tucson one of 241 communities nationally—and one of two in Arizona—to win an ISO rating of Class 1.

ISO ratings are issued to communities throughout the United States by an independent agency, the ISO (originally Insurance Services Office), and most U.S. insurance companies use ISO’s Public Protection Classification ratings in setting premiums for commercial and personal insurance. A good ISO rating can mean lower premiums for an entire community. Class 1, the rating the Tucson Fire Department was awarded, is the best possible rating.

In a press conference announcing the new rating, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said that property owners considering annexing into the city should keep in mind the possibility of lower insurance premiums, and he congratulated the Tucson Fire Department on receiving this recognition for their fire suppression and prevention efforts.

Tucson Fire Chief Jim Critchley congratulated and thanked his staff and the staff at Tucson Water, as part of ISO’s evaluation looks at water infrastructure and availability for fire suppression.